In the last two editions, students already expressed their wishes and concerns regarding the preservation of nature within the city. Therefore we chose Urban Youth as Instigators for Sustainable Living as the topic for the 2020 edition. How can art contribute to thinking about everyday- and/or city life in a more sustainable way? What can Er(be)leben contribute so that the future of young people is taken into account as we shape our current lifestyles? What role can the young people of the capital play in providing impetus for sustainable living?
Since 2018 Er(be)leben has been inviting children and young people to participate artistically as creative city dwellers in the discourse on public space, and to get involved in urban development. The project addresses young people as young people who experience Berlin’s heritage and carry it forward in their own personal way. How does their everyday perception of urban space differ from institutional perceptions? How does their current life relate to the history of Berlin? What do they as students understand by heritage? Our goal is to rediscover urban space together with the young people, to understand it as a learning opportunity and to playfully transform it into a platform for artistic interventions that bring together the past and the future.